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Cold and Hard Facts about the History of Ice Cream

Ice cream is a world famous dessert loved by both kids and the kids at heart. It is interesting to know who invented it or where it really came from. However, trying to trace its history could be a bit of a challenge, since  different nations claim to have discovered this flavorful frozen dessert.

Back in 54-68 AD, iced desserts were considered a luxury. During those times, the dessert is made of snow that was fetched into the mountains by slaves. This was mixed with fruit pulp, nectar and honey, but this  needs further verification to be considered a fact. Clearer evidence  about ice cream was noted into China’s Tang period, and again, ice cream was only for the royalty. The dish made use of heated and fermented milk and lug ice. It was in 1744 when there was a first account of ice cream written. A Scottish colonist described the dessert he ate at the home of a governor.

1843 was a landmark year for ice cream since the pot freezer and artificial freezer method were introduced to make it. In 1850, Jacob Fussell of Baltimore opened up the first ever commercial ice cream plant in Pennsylvania. Ice cream sundae was later claimed to be invented in 1880 by three different states. In 1903, a patent for ice cream cone was applied by Italo Marchiony  and in World War II, the dessert became so popular that it became somewhat an American symbol, it was even used to boost soldiers’ morale, and the US Armed Forces became the largest manufacturer.

Ice cream’s popularity is phenomenal since it is enjoyed all over the world. Different nations have their own specialties depending on what is abundant in their place.  Much advancement were also made to the top dessert that it has become a progressive industry providing jobs to millions. Individuals who like to start a small business even take advantage of ice cream’s popularity by making their own ice cream. Ice cream making equipments are readily available in the market to make it possible to make it at home. Ice cream maker for commercial purpose is easy to use. It will allow you to develop your own ice cream flavor that will be loved by people.

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Political Unrest in Thailand: A History that Repeats Over and Over

The political situation in Thailand is all over the news since last year. The clamor to oust the current Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra is too strong. Demonstrations have been carried out all over the country’s capital for several months already. Even in the Southern part of Thailand, people also shout the same. Will they be successful in removing Yingluck from office?

thailandHistory can attest just how powerful the voice of the people is in Thailand. In fact, mass protests have led to coup attempts for several times throughout the entire history. The latest one was the removal of Yingluck’s brother, Thaksin, who reigned in Thailand for a very long time. After protests to oust him for human rights violation and corruption, he fled to another country and sought for political asylum. After many years of being out from the office, Thaksin is still in power through his sister who is currently in position. This is with the strong backing from the Northern part of Thailand. With Thaksin’s populist policies, he was able to garner the support of the majority.

The Future of Thailand

Recently, Yingluck decided to dissolve the parliament and called for an election. As expected, she will win the election. Thus, the protesters tried to nullify the said results and create a separate People’s Council which is unelected. The opposition led by Suthep Thaugsuban won’t settle for negotiations. He vowed to continue the campaign until the Shinawatras are out of power. Will they succeed?

Looking at how things are right now, the future is bleak for the opposition. The power of the majority is too strong that they even threatened to go to Bangkok and launch a counter-protest in support of Yingluck. However, Yingluck is also endangered of being barred from holding a public office if accusations of corruption will be proven true. This is the only hope for the opposition. Otherwise, they have to accept the reality that the country’s majority is still in favor of Yingluck.

On a lighter note, you can check out Daniel Tosh Comedy Tour 2015 and stop feeling bad about politics.

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Historical Tidbits about the University of Phoenix Stadium

University_of_Phoenix_StadiumAugust 1, 2006 saw the long-awaited opening of Phoenix’s best-known stadium. With 63,400 seats and state of the art engineering designs, the University of Phoenix Stadium has hosted a lot of major events and been awarded for its excellent services. It is arguably the first of its kind in the entire North America with its retractable roof and field.

Fast Facts

  • The stadium is owned by the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority and cost a whopping $455 million.
  • It was originally known as Cardinals Stadium until the University of Phoenix acquired the naming rights in September 2006 for $154.5 million. Don’t be misled; the stadium is not the University’s home stadium.
  • The retractable roof was designed by Walter P Moore and its scheme came from Buro Happold. Buro Happold is the same firm behind major international edifices such as the Al Faisaliah Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
  • The stadium appeared on Business Week’s 2006 list of the ten “most impressive” sports facilities in the world.
  • The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) bestowed the stadium the “Venue Excellence Award” in 2012.

Major Events

  • The February 7, 2007 match between the United States and Mexico men’s national soccer team gathered 62, 462 fans at the stadium. That is the most attended soccer game ever in the whole of Arizona.
  • The stadium saw the New York Giants beat the New England Patriots by 17-14 at the 2007 Super Bowl XLII.
  • Hosts the annual Fiesta Bowl and the BCS National Championship Game every four years. The 2011 BCS game was Auburn Tigers beating Oregon Ducks 22-19.
  • The stadium was packed with 72,219 wrestling fans when it hosted WrestleMania XXVI on March 28, 2010. The event featured the fiercest known wrestlers The Undertaker, John Cena, Batista, Vince McMahon, and others.
  • Rolling Stones fans flocked the stadium on November 8, 2006 when the band held a concert as part of the Bigger Bang tour. The stadium is an excellent host of concerts, so always look out for Katy Perry tickets Phoenix  as the singer is on her 2014 tour. Maybe we’ll see if the pregnancy rumors are true: http://www.katyperryzone.com/is-katy-perry-pregnant/.
  • The Cardinals won 32-25 against the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2008-09 NFC Championship Game held at the stadium.

The University of Phoenix Stadium is already a home to a lot of history hallmarks in the field of sports and entertainment. There are certainly plenty to come.

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Living in the 90s

The internet was born at an unknown year since it was developed for many decades. The research started during the 1960s and by mid 1980s the internet we know today came to be. The effect of internet and the World Wide Web cannot be measured by any tool. Its impact encompasses distance, time, race, and almost everything else. If someone from the future, probably 20 years from now, would visit the year 1990 they would not have understood what happened and how people lived.

A Look Back at the 90s

90sToday, the 90s kids are very much proud of the things that they have experienced without technology. They are very fortunate to experience the simple and old lifestyle and also the perks of emerging technology. They did not have to live in total darkness since they already had electricity but they still had personal relationships with family and friends since e-mails and cellular phones were rare.

During the period 1990-1995, people would still flock to their neighbour’s house to watch television. The most commonly watched were Power Rangers, The Mutant Ninja Turtles, Marvel and DC superheroes and the original Transformers. Comic books were also famous then, they were not collectibles but they were widely bought since children love to read them. During constant black-outs, parents or older children share stories with the younger ones in order to entertain them. If you remembered someone’s birthday, you have to remember them a month before since you need to send a card beforehand. Parents were also quite strict with their children going out at night. It is not a common sight for teenagers to be seen outside their homes when the streetlights light. Watching a concert would mean that you have to actually enjoy it and not hold smartphones or tablets up and taking videos of the concert itself. When ordering imagine dragons tour tickets you must do it face to face with a cashier or over the telephone and not over the internet.

This period is where people still enjoyed little technology but did not depend their lives on it. When there was a television in the living room, children or adults did not watch it 24/7, instead they also devote their time to reading books, playing outside and chatting with neighbours. How do I know all these? I’m also a 90s kid.

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How the Trouble in Ukraine Started

To better understand the current crisis occurring in Ukraine today, knowledge about the country and its background is useful. Ukraine has a history of divisiveness until the Allied victory of World War II saw it annexed and becoming a Soviet Republic, then regaining its independence as a nation-state in 1991 when the Soviet Union was dissolved.

Its first president was Leonid Kravchuk who resigned in July 1994 following a political crisis. He was succeeded by his former Prime Minister, Leonid Kuchma, then Viktor Yushchenko, second and third presidents respectively.

The fourth president, Viktor Yanukovich, began his term on February 25, 2010 but was removed by the Ukrainian parliament in Feb. 23, 2014. Until now, he maintains that it was a coup and he is still the legitimate president of the country. According to Wikipedia, Ukraine’s form of government is semi-presidential, parliamentary system.

In October 2011, Yulia Tymoshenko, former Prime Minister, opposition leader and Yanukovich’s biggest rival, was jailed for alleged embezzlement and abuse of power. European diplomats see her imprisonment as a political move and threaten negative implications. In April 2013, the European Court of Human Rights rule that the imprisonment of Tymoshenko is illegal.

Since 1994, the integration of Ukraine into the European Union has had popular support. The EU is a 28-member union of European nations whose goal is to enhance economic and political ties for the improvement of its member-countries. But the imprisonment of Tymoshenko is seen as an obstacle to fostering Ukraine’s trade agreement with the EU. On February

In November 2013, Yanukovich, under intense pressure from Russia, made an about turn and backed out of its plan to sign the political and trade agreement with EU. Russia, Belarus and Khazakhstan have their own Customs Union and want Ukraine to join them instead. As a consequence of Yanukovich’s sudden turnaround, riots broke out in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. People protested by throwing smoke bombs and stones and the pro-government police responded by throwing teargas. The protests spread out to the other towns and cities.

Yanukovich asked for help from the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, who responded by sending Russian military forces to Crimea, a peninsula of Ukraine. For three months, the riots escalated and on February 20, 2014, its bloodiest yet conflict rendered about 100 civilians dead from police automatic gunfire and snipers. Many more were wounded. People started building barricades for protection.

Then on February 23, 2014, in the face of never-ending tension, the Parliament unseated President Yanukovich who flees Kiev and the opposition takes over. Olexandr Turchynov, current Chairman of the Ukranian Parliament, is the interim President. He is an ally of Tymoshenko who was freed right after Yanukovich’s flight from the capital.

It should be noted that the West and its allies and Russia have been fighting for influence over problem-plagued nations in Easter Europe. The United States claims to help foster democracy in these countries but the Kremlin sees their moves as an attempt to expand their economic and military dominance. And with recent disclosures of National Security Agency (NSA) machinations, Russia’s fear is probably valid.

The end is not in sight for the Ukraine crisis. Putin has far-reaching tentacles and the people’s victory is fragile.

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